Adult Courses

 

To request a course guide, or to make enquiries about starting a course, email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk (provide your postal address and ask for ‘Adult Course Guide 2019-2020’)

Course Starts:   Tuesday 28 April      

Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  7 weeks                          

Fee   £70

Course dates

April  28

May 5, 12, 19

May 26 no class   (college half term)

June 2, 9, 16

 Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will consolidate your current knowledge of the Spanish language while continuing to increase your Spanish vocabulary and ability to manipulate the tenses.  It is ideal if you have already completed our “Even more confident in Spanish” course (course 3) or the Autumn and Spring terms of this course (course 4).

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will revise vocabulary and grammar from the previous courses as well as building on what you already know. You will do lots of speaking practice! You will become increasingly confident and successful when manipulating the tenses and will now begin to create some basic sentences in the Present Subjunctive! You will also concentrate on mastering using direct and indirect object pronouns.  You will revisit the topics of “Free-time Activities” and “Where you live” and will also look at social and global issues.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in continuing to improve their basic Spanish. Please note that the course is designed to be pre-GCSE.

  • Anyone who is interested in continuing to master Spanish grammar and simply wants to keep learning!
  • Anyone who is definitely not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who is interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth.

If you are new to our college and want to check whether this step 4 course is for you, please enquire.  We will forward enquiries to our tutor Vikki and she will advise which course is appropriate for you.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course in Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of this course is to become increasingly confident whilst speaking Spanish and to obtain a greater understanding of how the Spanish language works.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

NOTE: changes have been made to course dates – following are the revised details.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 21 January          Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee   £100

Course dates     January       21, 28

February      4, 11

February      18 no class   (college half term)

February      25

March          3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This follows on from our introductory course and is suitable for anybody who has already done some creative writing.  You might have completed an introductory course with us or elsewhere, or maybe you are part of a writer’s group and would like a new challenge.  This course offers the opportunity to further develop your skills as a creative writer in a fun and friendly environment.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will build on the skills covered in the introductory programme .  It will include:

  • A look at poetry in more depth
  • A two lesson workshop on novel writing aimed at helping you get going on a novel project
  • Some focused lessons on writing in specific genres.

There will also be a celebratory student showcase in the final lesson in which you will be able to read out your work to family or friends.

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult who has already done some creative writing, and would like to further their skills alongside friendly, like-minded people.

  • Anyone who has been trying to write a novel but doesn’t quite know how to get going with it;
  • Anyone who fancies trying something different, challenging and imaginative;
  • Anyone who enjoys writing and would like to meet other writers and share work;
  • Anyone who wants to take their writing to the next level;
  • A potential blogger, journalist or poet;
  • Anyone who wants to know how to get their work published or is interested in entering writing competitions.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  This is a fun course which will cover writing techniques in a number of different styles.  You will get the opportunity to focus on what you are interested in and be able to share your writing with others in a safe space.  Your writing, and your confidence as a writer, will improve as a result.

Who will teach you?

Karen Kendrick.

Karen is a qualified English teacher but her true passion is writing.  She has always loved writing and in 2014, after spending a few years looking after her children, decided to follow her dream and undertake an MA in Creative Writing (Experiment & Innovation).

Since then she has had several short stories published and is working on a novel.  She also has a writing blog (www.peculiarthings.blog).

Karen is passionate not only about her own writing but also about helping fellow writers to achieve their dream too.

NOTE:  Dates for this course have been revised.  The following is still subject to confirmation.  Please enquire for details.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 4 February           Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  8 weeks                           Fee   £80

Course dates     February      4, 11

February      18 no class   (college half term)

February      25

March          3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Have you previously thought about learning German but never really found the motivation?  Whether you travel abroad, or have German friends or work contacts, or just want to keep your brain active, this is your opportunity!  The course is designed for beginners and will guide you step by step, allowing you to progress at a steady pace and enjoy your learning.

Did you know that………..?

The German language is widely spoken throughout both western and eastern Europe (Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic)

German people love to travel as well – so if you work in hospitality or the tourist industry, you may well meet German-speaking clients.

German is the second most popular language in science and research and is widely used by international companies in many industries.

German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.  If you are a fan of classic literature and music you might aspire to read pieces in their original language.

Studies have shown that learning a language develops our concentration, problem solving and planning skills. Moreover, learning a language at any age prevents and delays brain aging.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will introduce you to the basic grammar of the language and give you the confidence to communicate with simple questions and answers in German by listening and talking regularly in German.

The content will include a variety of everyday situations in everyday life so that you can:

Introduce yourself and your family

Order food

Ask for directions

Organise a trip eg buy travel tickets

Have a simple conversation

 

The tutor will also be able to help you explore aspects of German culture such as festivals, food, drinks and music. Depending on the weekly progression of the class the speed and contents can be tailored to the group wishes and needs.

 

Who will this course suit?

  • Anyone at any age who enjoys a new challenge and is not afraid to make mistakes – mistakes can make learning fun!
  • Anyone who is interested in learning to speak German – whether as a hobby, as a goal to communicate with locals whilst travelling or for even bigger aims!
  • Anyone wanting to meet other people with the same interest.
  • Anyone who may be interested in continuing to learn German in even more depth following the introduction course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an informal course. The aim of the course is to step into the German language and build upon your skills week by week. However, if you enjoy the course you might wish to continue the challenge with a progression course.proud of yourself for learning a new language and this could lead to a new challenge.

 

Who will teach you?

Vasiliki Korfiati. Vasiliki is a qualified teacher of Modern Foreign Languages.  She  specialises in German Literature and Language. She is experienced with teaching young students and adults and loves the power of languages and its effects on our personality. She believes that anyone has the ability and potential for learning a language given a supportive environment in the classroom.  Vasiliki has also completed a Master’s in Translation Studies, which has enhanced her knowledge of linguistics.

NOTE: changes have been made to course dates – following are the revised details.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 21 January           Time:  7:00 9:00 pm

Course length:  8 weeks                           Fee:  £80

Course dates     January       21, 28

February      25

March          3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

Note there will be no classes on February 4 or 11 as your tutor will be with her family in Russia.

No class February 18, college half term.

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Why take this course?

Did you know that…

  • The Russian language is spoken by more than 260 million people around the world?

It is not only the state language of Russia, but is also widely used in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, the Balkans, Ukraine, Armenia and the USA.

Russia is the 8th most used spoken language in the world, and one of the six official and working languages of the United Nations.

  • A large part of Russian culture can be discovered through its literature, music, ballet and cinema art?

Alexandr Pushkin and Lev Tolstoy, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Serge Diaghilev, Rudolf Nureyev and Maya Plisetskaya… you have a chance to learn more about the Russian contribution to the world’s cultural treasures, by these geniuses and many other people.

If you’ve dreamed of visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg, imagined yourself crossing Red Square or walking through the Winter Palace, this is the perfect opportunity for you to start learning the language.

No prior knowledge of Russian is required, all beginners are welcome.  Добро Пожаловать!

What are the key topics we will cover?

By the end of this course, your tutor hopes that:

  • You will be able to communicate in basic everyday situations including
  • My day
  • In the town
  • Directions
  • Food and drinks

 

  • You will be able to understand simple oral and written texts.

 

  • You will have gained an insight into Russian-speaking life, culture and society.

Who will this course suit?

The course will suit anyone who would like an introduction to this beautiful language and the Russian culture.  Ideally you will have attended our first introductory course, or have some knowledge of the Slavonic alphabet.  However complete beginners are also welcome as extra support will be provided to help you catch up with the rest of the group. All students need to bring to the first session is a notepad/book and something to write with.

Is there a qualification at the end of this course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.

Who will teach you?

Iryna Bogdanova-Spittle.  Iryna is a native Russian-speaking tutor.  She has a passion for languages and culture (especially Russian!).  Iryna holds a BA degree, and is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher.  She believes that high-quality teaching and learning must be interesting, engaging and above all enjoyable for students and tutors alike.

NOTE: changes have been made to course dates – following are the revised details.

Course Starts:   Monday 27 January           Time:  6:30 8:30 pm

Course length:  9 weeks                           Fee   £90

Course dates     January       27

February      3, 10

February      17 no class   (college half term)

February      24

March          2, 9, 16, 23, 30

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Psychology is fascinating. It is woven into every aspect of our lives; it can be seen in everything we do and behind everything we think. Gaining a basic understanding of psychology and how our minds work can be incredibly helpful. It can help us better understand our actions and the decisions we make, it can help to explain why we have particular thoughts and feelings and it can give us an insight into why people behave in the way they do.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

This introductory course will look at particular types of people within society and consider psychological theories which could explain their behaviour. A number of these will focus on forensic psychology and explanations of criminal behaviour, while others will look at social psychology and the impact society has on individuals. Topics will include:

  • Serial killers – including psychopaths and differences in brain function
  • Child criminals – including theories of attachment
  • Evil dictators – including why people obey the orders of evil authority figures
  • Successful people and prominent figures – including what makes people more resilient to stress and why some people are more influential
  • Heroes – including theories of altruism

 

Who will this course suit?

Anyone who is interested in people and wants to understand why people behave in the way they do. Anyone who wants to better understand themselves, the way their minds work and the reasons behind their thoughts and behaviours. No previous knowledge is required.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. It is just for general interest and fun! This is an introductory course and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to gain an understanding of some of the basic concepts in psychology and provide individuals with a better understanding of their own and other people’s minds and behaviour.

 

Who will teach you?

Jude Leng. Jude is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher; she believes everyone has the ability to learn and enjoys coming up with innovative and interesting ways to make psychological concepts accessible to all, regardless of previous knowledge or experience. She has taught Psychology to adults and young people for more than fifteen years, has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Criminology, a diploma in counselling and currently works for a mental health company.

IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO ENROL ON THIS COURSE FOR 19/20

 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN STUDYING 20/21 PLEASE NOTE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, FEES AND OTHER DETAILS AS THESE ARE LIKELY TO BE SIMILAR FOR COURSE STARTING SEPTEMBER 2020, IF WE OFFER IT

 

Course Starts:   Tuesday 10 September 2019

Time:                6:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:                  Approx £400 + exam fees.

Concessions are available for some students, please enquire.

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This GCSE (Level 2) course covers many aspects of biology. It is an intensive one-year course for mature students who require a qualification for career development or who have an interest in the sciences.

 

Are there any entry requirements?

Yes.  To be enrolled onto this course you should have gained a grade C in maths at GCSE or a level 2 Functional Skills maths qualification.  If you do not already have either of these qualifications you should be working towards one of them.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Topics 1–4: Cell biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Ecology

You will also carry out practical work, and will keep a record book of 12 required practical tasks.  You may be examined on any of this practical work as part of the written papers.

 

Who will this course suit?

It is particularly useful for future nurses and primary school teachers who do not already possess a level 2 qualification in Science.  All adult learners (16+) with an appropriate maths qualification are eligible to take the course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

Yes.  The course leads to the AQA GCSE Biology (8461).  Details of the specification are to be found on the AQA website: aqa.org.uk

The new GCSE grade system will apply ie grades 1-9, with 9 being the highest level of achievement.

Most adult learners study for the Foundation tier.  The course content includes material for both Foundation and Higher tier.  Your tutor will assess your work and recommend the appropriate level for you to enter.  At Foundation level the grades achievable are 1-5.  At Higher level the highest grade awarded is 9.

 

How will the course be assessed?

There are two examinations, which must be taken in the daytime at College. Provisional dates are Tuesday 12 May 2020 (paper 1) and Monday 1 June 2020 (paper 2).  Your tutor will advise you of dates as soon as these are confirmed, as you may need to book time off work.

Examination component Time Contribution to the final mark

Biology 1: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

Biology 2: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

 

IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO ENROL ON THIS COURSE FOR 19/20

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN STUDYING 20/21 PLEASE NOTE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, FEES AND OTHER DETAILS AS THESE ARE LIKELY TO BE SIMILAR FOR COURSE STARTING SEPTEMBER 2020, IF WE OFFER IT

 

Course Starts:   Tuesday 10 September 2019

Time:                6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:                  Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE.

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

English is a qualification requested and highly regarded by many employers.  It is very important for those wishing to go on to study higher-level courses at college and university.  Priestley College offers the AQA 8700 GCSE qualification, which will strengthen your reading, writing and oral communication skills and enhance your CV.  The course provides the opportunity to study writing techniques and use these to help you develop your own ability to write with clarity and imagination.  You will also take part in speaking and listening activities to develop both your presentation and discussion skills.

 

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D (or Level 3 new grades) in GCSE English or a Level 2 in Functional Skills English.

If you do not have either of these qualifications you must complete a pre course initial assessment. You can download this from our website www.priestley.ac.uk/ (see the Adult Courses section).  Alternatively contact us on 01925 624455 or by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to request the assessment task.

The assessment must be hand-written and returned to Anne McGrath at the college by Friday 23 August 2019. We will then be able to advise you whether the GCSE course is suitable for you.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

 

Development of the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods.

 

Develop the skills needed to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

 

Develop the skills needed to prepare and deliver a short presentation, on which you will be asked questions.

 

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their reading, writing and oral communication skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.  You should be prepared to work independently at home between classes.  This will include reading a variety of texts, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.

 

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

 

100% exam assessed.

 

There will be two 1hr 45 minute exams assessing writing and reading.  Each exam makes up 50% of the final grade.

 

These exams will take place at Priestley College during the day.  Provisional dates are Tuesday 02 June (paper 1) and Friday 05 June (paper 2), to be confirmed by the exam board.

 

You will also be assessed on your spoken language.  This will also take place in college but will probably be in place of one of your timetabled classes.  You will prepare a 5 minute presentation and then answer questions from the class or teacher on that topic.  You will be awarded a grade of pass, merit, distinction or fail.

IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO ENROL ON THIS COURSE FOR 19/20

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN STUDYING 20/21 PLEASE NOTE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, FEES AND OTHER DETAILS AS THESE ARE LIKELY TO BE SIMILAR FOR COURSE STARTING SEPTEMBER 2020, IF WE OFFER IT

 

 

Time:                6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:                  Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

GCSE Mathematics is still one of the most recognisable and desirable qualifications enabling access to higher education and for career progression.  The course will also benefit any learner who would like to refresh their skills in mathematics.

It is a 30 week course of 2 hours per week, but learners must be prepared to spend at least another 2 hours weekly on further study.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D/3 in GCSE Maths or a Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths.

If you do not have either of these qualifications you will need to complete a pre-course initial assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Monday 3 September.  Assessment will take about 1 ½ hours.

Please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book an assessment.

 

COSTS:

This course is free for anyone who does not already have maths GCSE grade C/3.

You will be required to have a calculator and some mathematical instruments, which will normally cost less than £10. Text books are optional but suggested books will be detailed in the first session.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course is split into four sections:

 

  • Number, which includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages.
  • Statistics and Probability, which includes collection, organisation and presentation of data and the probability of events happening or not happening.
  • Algebra, which includes graphs and the use of algebra in equations and formulae.
  • Shape and Space, which includes perimeter, area and volume, angle properties and properties of shapes.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is for learners who narrowly failed GCSE Mathematics at their last attempt or who have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills Maths.

This is an intensive course and you must be able to commit to attending every week as well as doing work at home.

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION IS AWARDED?

The final qualification is a GCSE in Mathematics awarded by Edexcel, specification 1MA1.  We follow the Foundation syllabus, which means the highest grade achievable is a 5.  (See below for explanation of new grading system.)

 

 

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

There are 3 exam papers:  One is a non-calculator paper and two calculator papers which assess all of the topics we study. Each paper is a 1 hour 30 minutes exam.

Marks from the 3 papers are combined to give the final grade.

Please note that the three final exams take place during the day at Priestley College in May and June.  Provisional dates are Tuesday 21 May, Thursday 6 June and Tuesday 11 June.  If you are unable to attend on an exam date you should not enrol.

 

New Specification

GCSE Maths is now assessed using the new grading system. Grades are now awarded as numbers (1-9) rather than letters (G-A*).

Course Starts:   Monday April 27               

Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  6 weeks                          

Fee   £60

Course dates    

April 27

May 4, 11, 18

May 25 no class  (college half term)

June 1, 8

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will allow you to continue to feel even more confident in Spanish whilst increasing your Spanish vocabulary and improving your knowledge of Spanish grammar.  It is ideal if you have already completed our “Feel more confident in Spanish!” course (course 2).

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will revise vocabulary and grammar from the previous courses as well as building on what you already know. The Present, Preterite and Future Tenses will be revisited and examined in greater depth. You will also learn to manipulate the Imperfect (saying what you used to do) and Conditional Tenses (saying what you would like to do). You will even learn to give commands in Spanish! New topics such as your daily routine, healthy living, asking for information at the Tourist Office, arranging to go out and discussing holidays will be covered.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in continuing to improve their basic Spanish.

  • Anyone who has some knowledge of Spanish grammar and simply wants to keep learning!
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

If you are new to our college and want to check whether this step 3 course is for you, please enquire.  We will forward enquiries to the tutor Vikki, and she will advise which course is appropriate for you.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course in Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of this course is to become increasingly confident whilst speaking Spanish and to obtain a greater understanding of how the Spanish language works.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Course Starts:   Monday 13 January          

Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                         

Fee: £100

Course dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Do you enjoy spending time in Greece?  Would you like to be able to speak a little of the language, and to read the beautiful Greek letters?  Whether you travel abroad, or have Greek friends or work contacts, or just want to keep your brain active, this is your opportunity!  The course is designed for beginners and will guide you step by step, allowing you to progress at a steady pace and enjoy your learning.

Did you know that………..?

“It’s all Greek to me”. Actually, not, because you use Greek words more often than you think; school, program, system, method, sceptic, enthusiasm, eccentric, gastronomy are a few to name.

The Greek language has the longest history of any Indo-European language.

It has influenced the western Indo-European languages and cultures in terms of science, art, literature and philosophy.

Studies have shown that learning a language develops our concentration, problem solving and planning skills. Moreover, learning a language at any age prevents and delays brain aging.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will introduce you to the basic structure of the language by listening and talking regularly in Greek.  You will gain the confidence to communicate with simple questions and answers.

The content will include a variety of everyday situations in everyday life so that you can:

Introduce yourself and your family

Order food

Ask for directions

Organise a trip eg buy travel tickets

Have a simple conversation

 

The tutor will also be able to help you explore aspects of Greek culture such as festivals, food, drinks and music. Depending on the weekly progression of the class the speed and contents can be tailored to the group wishes and needs.

 

Who will this course suit?

  • Anyone at any age who enjoys a new challenge and is not afraid to make mistakes – mistakes can make learning fun!
  • Anyone who is interested in learning to speak Greek – whether as a hobby, as a goal to communicate with locals whilst travelling or for even bigger aims!
  • Anyone wanting to meet other people with the same interest.
  • Anyone who may be interested in continuing to learn Greek in more depth following the introduction course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an informal course. The aim of the course is to step into the Greek language and build upon your skills week by week. However, if you enjoy the challenge you might wish to continue with a progression course.

 

Who will teach you?

Vasiliki Korfiati. Vasiliki is a Greek native qualified teacher of Modern Foreign Languages.  She is experienced with teaching young students and adults and loves the power of languages and its effects on our personality. She believes that anyone has the ability and potential for learning a language given a supportive environment in the classroom.  Vasiliki has also completed a Master’s in Translation Studies, which has enhanced her knowledge of linguistics.

Course Starts:   Monday April 27               

Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  7 weeks                          

Fee   £70

Course dates    

April 27

May 4, 11, 18

May 25 no class  (college half term)

June 1, 8, 15

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DESCRIPTION APPLIES TO THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS.  The tutor can also teach to a more advanced level but is only available to teach on Mondays so can only teach beginners OR more advanced.  If you are interested in a more advanced course please let us know as we will run whichever level is in greater demand.

 

Why take this course?

Adobe Photoshop is one of the creative design industries’ leading and most widely-used software package for image editing and design.  This Digital and Manipulation course will introduce you to a broad range of techniques using the latest software on PC platforms.  The course is designed to have a balance of hands on practical exercises and demonstrations through which you will learn various tools such as filters, layer masks and cloning tools to create high standard imagery.  You will be encouraged to use your own photographs during the design processes and work towards developing a strong professional portfolio on completion of the course.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Course content will include:

  • Understanding of the computer use and Photoshop overview
  • Photoshop basics such as dodge, burn, sponge and adjustment tools
  • Introduction to ‘layers’ and ‘layer masks’
  • Multiple exposures using layers and blending modes
  • Design a ‘DADA’ style montage billboard design using your own photographs, brushes and text
  • Sharpening, smoothing and removing blemishes on a portrait using layer masks and clone/patch/spot healing brush tools
  • Straightening and whitening teeth using adjustment layers, brushes, cloning tool and transformations
  • Understanding of image output (size and print) – portfolio development

If you have any of your own personal learning objectives your tutor will try to accommodate these topics where possible.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners who are first-time users of Photoshop and those who already have a little experience.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on a PC desktop, save images and use menus.  Some understanding of how to use Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.  See the checklist.

Your tutor will use each class to introduce a new technique.  As the classes are only 2 hours long, to get the most out of the course you will need to practice new skills at home between the college sessions.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

Skills checklist for Photoshop course –

Do you have basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead?  (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT skills before considering this type of course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  There are no formal assessments but your tutor will review progress and provide individual feedback throughout the course.  We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations.

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which details the topics you have covered.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.

Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 10 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is now Director of Cherished Memories Photography (www.cherishedmemoriesphotography.co.uk) Amy is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade“ when using photographic technologies and to pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Pre-course assessments 2019 / 2020

Some courses have entry requirements in order to assess whether these courses are appropriate for you as a learner.

GCSE English

You must have already have a D at GCSE or a Functional English level 2 qualification.  If you do not meet this requirement you can download a pre-course assessment via the link below or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.

GCSE English Assessment

GCSE Maths

You must already have a D at GCSE or Functional Maths at level 2.  If you do not meet this requirement you will need to complete the pre-course assessment in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

GCSE Biology

You must already have a Maths GCSE at C or above, or be working towards this, or have a Functional Maths qualification at Level 2.

Functional Maths and English

For Level 1 and Level 2 only.

To check whether you are working at the appropriate level for the Functional English course, you can download a pre-course assessments via the link below, or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed handwritten assessment must be returned to college before 1st September.

Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English

The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

If you are you 19+ and uncertain about your future employment or career path , you can get  advice  from the National Careers Service who can provide you with help in making the right choices for learning and employment. To find out more or to contact them, please follow this link to their website.

National Careers Service

Alternative formats of these documents  are available on request from the Adult Learner Services Team. Telephone 01925 624455.

Welcome to adult courses + term dates

Adult Learners’ Handbook

Fees Policy for 2019-20

The 2014 to 2020 ESF programme